Berkeley County teacher suspended after being charged with solicitation of a minor

January 09, 2012|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD |
  • Keith Randy Kishbaugh
Keith Randy Kishbaugh

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A 30-year-old Berkeley County schoolteacher was suspended without pay after he was arrested last week on outstanding warrants that charge him with two counts of electronic solicitation of a minor, according to Berkeley Court Magistrate Court records and school officials.

Keith Randy Kishbaugh, of 250 Veterans Way in Martinsburg, was being held in the Eastern Regional Jail without bond Monday night after he was arraigned by Magistrate Harry L. Snow on Friday as a fugitive from justice, according to court records.

The alleged victim was not a Berkeley County Schools student and court records indicate the warrants charging Kishbaugh, a fourth-grade teacher at Eagle School Intermediate, were issued by authorities in Louisa County, Va., according to school officials.

Louisa County is east of Charlottesville, Va.

Kishbaugh’s suspension from employment is pending a hearing before the Berkeley County Board of Education, spokesperson Leah Daniel said Monday.

Kishbaugh had been employed by the school district since 2006, Daniel said.

“We cannot comment or elaborate on anything further or any details due to the ongoing investigation and because of personnel confidentiality,” Daniel said in a prepared statement. “Berkeley County Schools has a zero-tolerance policy regarding sexual misconduct by our employees.”

Daniel said the school district was cooperating with the investigation.

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